Optoma HD8200 Projector – Image Quality – 9

Overall Color & Picture Quality

I am most impressed with the HD8200’s overall look and feel of its picture. The HD8200 has that usual DLP sense of depth, and especially rich looking darker colors. There are times when, however when the the HD8200 can look just a little over the top. To me, it seems that color saturation settings that seem right on for brighter scenes can seem a little too saturated on darker scenes. That difference, however may just be a matter of finding the ideal point to set the saturation. Relating to that, it may also tie into my primarily viewing on my Firehawk screen, a high contrast gray. I believe the issue is less noticeable when I watch on the white surfaced Carada Brilliant White screen.

A mix of additional images to show off the HD8200:

From the DTS Blu-ray test disk, consider these:

And here are a few assorted, additional images, some of which can be found on other recent reviews:

 

Optoma HD8200 Projector: Performance, HDTV and Sports

My only complaint with the HD8200, for general HDTV (and TV) and sports viewing, is based on the limited brightness of the projector. For my normal sports viewing, with some ambient light, I had to give up on filling my 128 inch screen, which it couldn’t begin to deal with, not even with even fairly modest ambient light. I was extremely pleased, however, once I reduced the image size to about 100 inches diagonal (actually probably closer to 96 inches – though I didn’t do an accurate measurement).

With the smaller screen size, the HD8200 projector had plenty of punch. Sports looked really sharp, but what I particularly liked were viewing music videos off of Blu-ray, or MTV’s Palladia HDTV channel. Shows in Hi-def, like The Tonight Show, Science HD, History HD, and Discovery HD all looked really good, but I still favor brighter projectors for that type of viewing.

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